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SCHSHL Varsity Ice Hockey Season Opener: Kings Park Commack Knights Triumph Over Defending Champions St Anthony’s Friars

In a thrilling start to the 2023-24 SCHSHL Varsity Ice Hockey season, the Kings Park Commack Knights showcased their prowess by defeating the defending SCHSHL and NYSAHA State Champions, the St Anthony’s Friars, with a score of 4-2.

The game, held on September 18, 2023, at The Rinx, saw both teams displaying exceptional skills and determination, setting the tone for an exciting season ahead.

Scoring Summary:

PeriodTimeGoal ScorerAssist(s)Team
2nd13:53Nicholas SattlerJesse LemzaKings Park Commack Knights
2nd11:46Stefan HludzinskiJesse LemzaKings Park Commack Knights
3rd13:01Joseph RoccaUnassistedSt Anthony’s Friars
3rd12:18John CoyleJesse LemzaKings Park Commack Knights
3rd09:18Michael CatizoneGerard Nealon, Thomas AzzaritiSt Anthony’s Friars
3rd00:10Stefan HludzinskiUnassistedKings Park Commack Knights

Three Stars of the Game:

StarPlayerStat Line (Goals/Assists)Performance Description
1stJesse Lemza0/3Stellar playmaking, assisting on three goals.
2ndStefan Hludzinski2/0Scored twice, including a crucial third-period goal.
3rdJoseph Rocca1/0Scored a crucial goal for the Friars in the third period.

The Friars, coming off a championship-winning season, showcased their resilience by fighting back in the third period. However, the Knights, with their cohesive team play and strategic moves, managed to maintain their lead and secure a victory.

Looking ahead, the St Anthony’s Friars will be facing East Islip on September 25th at 8:10 PM, while the Kings Park Commack Knights will be taking on Ward Melville on September 27th at 9:20 PM. Both teams have a packed schedule this season, and these upcoming matches will be crucial in setting the momentum for the rest of the season.

For the Friars, key players to watch this season include Joseph Rocca, who already made a mark in the season opener, and Michael Catizone, who also found the back of the net. On the other hand, the Knights will be relying heavily on their star player Jesse Lemza, who had a standout performance with three assists, and Stefan Hludzinski, who scored twice in the game.

As the season progresses, fans and enthusiasts can expect more thrilling matches, exceptional plays, and memorable moments. The journey to the championship is long, and every game counts. Both teams have showcased their potential, and it will be interesting to see how the rest of the season unfolds.

Stay tuned for more updates, match summaries, and highlights from the SCHSHL Varsity Ice Hockey 2023-24 season.

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